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South Dakota Rural Enterprise Training Opportunities - LeadershipPlenty South Dakota

LeadershipPlenty South DakotaLeadershipPlenty South Dakota is a guide for successfully empowering rural communities to make decisions that may determine not only the vitality but the viability of their community ten and twenty years from now.

The goal of LeadershipPlenty is to make civic leadership training available to every South Dakotan. It is especially valuable for:

  • Emerging leaders who want to work together for common purposes
  • Communities that want tools to increase their capacity to achieve results
  • Citizens from rural communities who want a local leadership program
  • Established leaders who want to build a new set of skills and relationships

Interested in learning more about initiating a LeadershipPlenty program in your community? Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Contact LeadershipPlenty South Dakota at 605-978-2804 or email .

LOCAL SPONSORING ORGANIZATION'S ROLE

Communities interested in LeadershipPlenty training must identify a local organization or coalition willing to sponsor the program. The local sponsoring organization will:

  • Complete the application and submit to LeadershipPlenty South Dakota
  • Make critical decisions about local program specifics including:
    • Identifying a Community Encourager
    • Logistics, when and where the program will take place
    • Participant recruitment and selection process
  • Recruit a group of 15-30 participants
  • Identify in-kind contributions and financial support
COMMUNITY ENCOURAGER'S ROLE

Every local program will be coordinated by a community encourager who may be a volunteer or paid staff person. The Community Encourager will:

  • Serve as local liaison between LeadershipPlenty South Dakota, the local sponsoring organization, the facilitator and the participants
  • Support the local sponsoring organization in its efforts to:
    • Manage logisticS
    • Recruit a group of 15-30 participants
    • Participant recruitment and selection process
LEADERSHIPPLENTY SOUTH DAKOTA PARTICIPANT'S ROLE
  • Participate in nine - 3.5 hour sessions
  • Pay an application fee of $25
  • Participate in program evaluation
  • Participate in LeadershipPlenty South Dakota network
  • Apply skills to better the community
PROGRAM IS DELIVERED BY TWO FACILITATORS IDENTIFIED BY LEADERSHIPPLENTY SOUTH DAKOTA WHO WILL:
  • Adapt the training to the unique needs of your community
  • Participate in program evaluation
  • Participate in the LeadershipPlenty South Dakota and Pew networks
  • Pay facilitators a stipend, to be determined by LeadershipPlenty South Dakota, for facilitating local programs
  • Support a network of facilitators, participants and communities for ongoing learning
  • Connect communities with a variety of resources to support local efforts
LEADERSHIPPLENTY SOUTH DAKOTA WILL:
  • Administer, market, and provide financial support for the statewide program
  • Support the local sponsoring organization and community encourager
  • Match communities with trained facilitators
  • Provide materials, technical assistance, a stipend and travel reimbursement to facilitators
  • Support a network of LeadershipPlenty South Dakota participants and facilitators
  • Continue to connect communities with resources after the program is completed

Leadership Skills Sessions Summary
Session 1: FINDING LEADERS WITHIN
Participants explore leadership development by identifying their own unique skills and reflecting on their experiences of the community. The session explores the questions: What experiences have we had with community involvement? How can we creatively use our individual skills to build community leadership? What techniques help us balance personal reflection and community action? Where do we go from here?

Session 2: IDENTIFYING COMMUNITY ASSETS
Participants examine leadership assets in their communities and brainstorm about how these assets can be mobilized for change. The session explores the questions: What happens when we look at our community assets rather than its deficits? How can we discover undervalued assets in our community and be more inclusive in identifying leadership potential? What happens when we bring the leadership assets of our community together?

Session 3: MANAGING GROUPS FOR RESULTS
It can be difficult to work together in a group. This session helps participants understand group dynamics and recognize the issues and tensions most groups experience. The session explores the questions: How do our different backgrounds and experiences affect our participation in groups? Are the dynamics and tensions in our LeadershipPlenty group normal? How can team members communicate more effectively with each other?

Session 4: MAKING MEETINGS WORK BETTER
Well-managed meetings actually help motivate people to stay involved in community-change efforts. This session provides strategies and tools for holding more effective community meetings. The session explores the questions: For what purposes do we hold group meetings? How do conflict and tension play an integral role in group work? What are some techniques for facilitating productive meetings that accomplish specific goals?

Session 5: MANAGING CONFLICT
This session addresses the fact that people working together do not always agree. Community leaders need to learn to manage conflict and to channel its energy in a positive way. The session explores the questions: How can we better understand conflict and its role in community work? Can we make conflict work for us instead of against us? What strategies will help us work through conflict? What if we can't reach consensus?

Session 6: BUILDING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
Session Six helps participants learn to use partnerships more effectively as they strive to solve complex community problems. The session explores the questions: Why work with partners to solve complex community problems? How can we minimize the risks that come with partnerships? How can we organize an effective partnership?

Session 7: MOVING FROM TALK TO ACTION
This session helps leaders chart the journey from community vision to concrete action. The session explores the questions: How do leaders go about planning and actually getting started on a community change project? How can we achieve measurable outcomes along the way? How do we know if our action plan is working and how can we change our plan?

Session 8: VALUING EVALUATION
The purpose of Session Eight is to help participants understand and value program evaluation. The session explores the questions: What is evaluation and why should we evaluate? What has to be in place before we're ready to evaluate? How do we go about evaluating our projects or programs?

Session 9: COMMUNICATING FOR CHANGE
Session Nine introduces communications as an important tool for achieving results by delivering a powerful message to targeted audiences. The session explores the questions: Why does our group need to communicate about its work to the larger community? How do we inform others about the importance of this work? How do we communicate our message to different audiences?

Additional Session :
FACING THE CHALLENGE OF RACISM AND RACE RELATIONS
This additional session provides an opportunity to hold conversations about racism and race relations. To move forward on a wide range of areas, communities must examine how racial issues influence the current situation. The session explores the questions: How does race affect the way our community addresses (or doesn't address) problems? How can dialogue help a group move forward on a tough issue such as racism?

Interested in learning more about initiating a LeadershipPlenty program in your community? Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Contact LeadershipPlenty South Dakota at 605-978-2804, email us at , click here for a printable application for initiating a local LeadershipPlenty program, or click here for a printable participant application.

   



Communities may apply individually or in cooperation with other communities to initiate a LeadershipPlenty South Dakota program locally. Applications will be reviewed by the LeadershipPlenty South Dakota Advisory Board
  Click here for a local LeadershipPlenty program application
  Click here for an individual program participant application

VISION:
Effective leadership in every South Dakota community.

MISSION:
Provide quality skills-based leadership training, resources, and ongoing support for South Dakota communities.

VALUES:
· Collaboration
· Quality sustainable programming
· Long-term relationships
· Helping communities to help themselves


Paul Weidenbach, LeadersipPlenty South Dakota participantPaul Weidenbach, LeadersipPlenty South Dakota participant
"I have gained skills and enthusiasm to use in any organization in which I am involved. It gave me an awareness of tools I can use to generate ideas in the organizations in which I am involved, and to become a leader and see that the ideas will be followed through with cooperation and success."


Diane M. Sandhoff, LeadersipPlenty South Dakota participantDiane M. Sandhoff, LeadersipPlenty South Dakota participant
 "The LeadershipPlenty program has helped me look at my community with new eyes. I never thought about what is necessary to keep a community healthy and growing. I took that for granted as many others in the community probably do. After all, what did I have to offer? I learned that we all have something to offer and it takes everyone working together to maintain and continue to build a strong community. The group process really helped us identify some of our community strength. It also raised the question of where to go from here. What do we need to keep our community viable in the future? What is the plan and how do we reach it? The leadership skills that were offered will assist us in reaching the goal. LeadershipPlenty also offered us a glimpse of the resources that are available to help communities remain stable."


Lyle Weekly, LeadersipPlenty South Dakota participantLyle Weekly, LeadersipPlenty South Dakota participant
"I have gained friendship, conflict resolution, knowledge of resources inside the community, and that working together we can get more accomplished."




LeadershipPlenty South Dakota is presented by Pew Partnership for Civic Change, Citigroup Foundation and Qwest.

The Pew Partnership for Civic Change LeadershipPlenty Program is a national community leadership program. LeadershipPlenty South Dakota was selected as one of twenty-one partners. The Pew Partnership connects LeadershipPlenty South Dakota through publications, the Internet and trainings to a national network of people and organizations building community leaders. To learn more about LeadershipPlenty on the national scale, visit their website at www.pew-partnership.org.

Current LeadershipPlenty South Dakota Partners are South Dakota Rural Enterprise, Inc. (SDREI), Avera Health, Central Enhancement District & East River Electric Power Cooperative
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